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Katy Perry: From Gospel Singer to Pop Star
Contributor(s): Higgins, Nadia (Author)

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ISBN: 0761341455     ISBN-13: 9780761341451
Publisher: Lerner Publications (Tm)
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Binding Type: Library Binding - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2012


You may know that Katy Perry is a shining star of pop who has soared to number one on the charts again and again. But did you know that Katy:
• is a pastor's kid times two? Both her mom and dad are pastors who encouraged her to sing in church.
• was dropped by two recording labels before she finally got her big break with Capitol Records?
• exercises by jumping rope before every single show?

Want to know more about the life of this talented celebrity? Read on to learn all about Katy's childhood, career, favorite things, love life, future goals, and more!

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Music
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Music - Popular
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2012004577
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 740(Not Available)
Series: Pop Culture BIOS
Physical Information: 0.3" H x 7.2" W x 9.1" (0.55 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 151612
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Higgins, Nadia: -

Nadia Higgins is the author of 50-plus books for the school library market. She also worked as an editor in the industry for almost ten years. Many of her books have a science bent, though she's also written about pop stars, car art, and zombies. Nadia lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two young daughters.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
These middle-grade biographies provide easy-to-read overviews but little new insight on their pop-singer subjects. The icons' childhood roots, roads to stardom, and current career details are all addressed, while sidebars contain extra facts and definitions ([cf2]demo[cf1]; [cf2]screen test[cf1]). The gushing slang ("fav"; "adorbs") grows tiresome, though some tweens may disagree; the abundant photos will likely be pored over. Reading list, websites. Ind. [Review covers these Pop Culture Bios: Super Singers titles: [cf2]Bruno Mars[cf1], [cf2]Justin Bieber[cf1], [cf2]Katy Perry[cf1], [cf2]Beyonci[cf1], [cf2]One Direction[cf1], [cf2]Selena Gomez[cf1], and [cf2]Taylor Swift[cf1].]

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 November)

Gr 4–6—These crowd-pleasing titles will fly off the shelves. Written in shorts chapters and sentences, with easy font size, and filled with well-captioned, eye-popping photographs, they will draw in readers. Each title has a pleasing layout, trivia boxes, and sidebars of additional information, including definitions of more complex terms. Stars' quotes are in bold type and easily identifiable. Each book begins with an introduction, followed by sections on childhood, early career years, and current stardom and the qualities that make each individual unique, and concludes with more photos. The authors point out their subjects' artistic accomplishments as well as any social contributions they offer, but they also relay information about controversial aspects of their lives. The writing style is engaging throughout. At times, the slang is a bit jarring (e.g., the word "sucktastic" is used to describe Katy Perry's office job in a music company) and will date the books at some point.

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